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LATEST EXPORT RESULTS FOR BEEF, PORK AND LAMB

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USMEF ANNUAL REPORT

The USMEF Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available online.


USMEF STRATEGIC PLAN

At the November 2016 USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, the USMEF board of directors approved the organization’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. It is available online.


MAP/FMD FUNDING

In December 2015, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill that funded the federal government through September 2016. The bill included full funding of $200 million for the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, as authorized by the 2014 farm bill. These programs are subject to annual sequestration. Full funding for the MAP and FMD programs was also included in both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee markups of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill, but neither version has made it to the House or Senate floor for debate. Instead, Congress approved a continuing resolution (CR) that funded the federal government through Dec. 9, 2016.

UPDATE: Another short-term CR was approved on Dec. 9, 2016 which extends funding for federal programs through April 28, 2017. USMEF members are encouraged to contact legislators and urge their continued support of the MAP and FMD programs. We will post further updates on the FY 2017 budget process as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: USDA recently announced allocation of $173.5 million in Market Access Program (MAP) funding for the 2017 fiscal year. He also announced $26.6 million in allocations under the USDA Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. More details are available in this USDA news release.

USDA also recently announced the results of an updated study examining the effectiveness of agricultural export development programs funded under the farm bill, including the MAP and FMD programs, from 1977 through 2014. The study found that these programs contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year (a total of more than $309 billion) to U.S. farm export revenue, and identified a 28-to-1 return on investment from these programs.

UPDATE: On Feb. 28, 2017, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing titled, The Next Farm Bill: International Market Development. The primary focus of the hearing was to examine the benefits derived from the MAP and FMD Programs. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng was invited to testify on the important roles MAP and FMD funding play in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat. More details from the hearing are available online.


CURRENT TRADE TOPICS

Meat Inspection Investigation in Brazil

NAFTA

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Other Trade Agreements

Trade with South Africa

Vietnam’s Proposed Changes to Import MRLs

Traceability

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

Cuba


BEEF ACCESS ISSUES

European Union

U.S. and Brazil Resume Beef Trade

WTO Ruling on Beef Access to Indonesia

China Lifts Import Ban, but More Steps Remain

Japan

Mexico Grants Duty-free Access for Imported Beef

Saudi Arabia Reopens to U.S. Beef

Israel

Argentina

Russia


PORK ACCESS ISSUES

EU Pork Access to Russia

China

Codex Guidelines for Trichinae

Chile and Peru

Russia

PEDV

CSF Rule for Mexico


LAMB ACCESS ISSUES

Restoring Access for U.S. Lamb in High-Value Markets


CORN AND SOYBEANS

How Corn and Soybean Producers Benefit from Red Meat Exports


USMEF MISSION AND FUNDING

USMEF Mission

USMEF Funding Overview


INTERVIEWING NOTES

Notes, Reminders when Speaking to Media